city slicker

city slickers

If you live in New York and are completely comfortable with your fast-paced urban lifestyle, you're a city slicker — especially when compared to your friends who live on a farm in Vermont.

This term is gently derogatory, particularly when it's used to comment on how ill-suited someone is to life in the country. "You city slickers should've brought some mud boots," your country-dwelling uncle might say, looking at your bright white sneakers. City slicker first appeared around 1916, and a short 1918 film called "The City Slicker" tells the story of a fancy urbanite who shows up in a dusty rural town.

Definitions of city slicker
  1. noun
    a city dweller with sophisticated manners and clothing
    synonyms: city boy
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    type of:
    a person with good manners and stylish clothing
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